Social enterprise letting agency receives £2.4m funding boost

GSEN member Homes for Good (HFG) has been awarded £2.4 million in National Lottery funding to roll out its successful model across the UK.

Homes for Good (HFG) specialises in supporting people with limited housing choices including those who are homeless, on benefits or low incomes. The social enterprise adopts a holistic approach to supporting tenants: ranging from help with benefits claims, financial management and cooking, to applying for education and getting mental health support.

The award from The National Lottery Community Fund – which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – will enable Homes for Good to expand and enhance the support it provides to its tenants and to help other UK organisations to develop a similar model.

The model is driven by social entrepreneur Susan Aktemel, based on her experience as a customer of private rental agencies, and her knowledge of the barriers vulnerable and low-income tenants face in the private rental market. Homes for Good embrace lived experience within their organisation, with over 50% of their staff having previously experienced poor conditions in privately rented homes. In addition, the successful support model was co-produced with tenants who have direct experience of insecure and low-quality rental housing.

Homes for Good founding director Susan Aktemel said: “We realise a safe, secure home is fundamental to people’s lives and are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised the wider potential of our approach, which focuses on creating high-quality, affordable homes for tenants and sound investments for landlords – a win-win situation. This funding will allow us to support even more tenants both in Scotland and throughout the UK.”